Herby Picnic Rolls

The sun’s out so my thoughts immediately turn to picnics and family days out. Whilst it might be more exciting to eat at restaurants/cafes, for us the least stressful (and often only) option is a picnic. The problem is finding exciting, interesting picnic foods that go beyond the usual sandwiches.

These little herby rolls make a fab addition to a picnic (or any meal). They’re crusty with a soft centre, packed with herby flavour and finished off with a sprinkle of sea salt. I’ve used chive and thyme here and the aroma is lovely as you break them open.

Herby Picnic Rolls (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, soya-free, vegetarian and vegan)


makes 12 rolls

  • 290ml oat milk
  • 2 tbsps dairy-free spread
  • 2 tbsps syrup
  • 400-450g strong white bread flour
  • 1 tbsp dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • oat milk, for brushing
  • rock salt for sprinkling

– Warm the oat milk, spread and syrup together until the spread has melted. Set aside to cool slightly.

– Sift the flour into a large bowl. Stir in the yeast and salt.

– Stir in the herbs and make a well in the centre of the flour.

– Once the milk mix is at blood temperature pour into the flour. Mix until it has come together to make a soft dough.

– Turn out and knead for 5-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and springy.

– Place back in the bowl, cover with oiled cling-film and leave to rise for about an hour (it should double in size).

– Meanwhile, oil a muffin tray and set aside.

– Once the dough has risen, knock back and knead again to form a smooth ball.

– Cut into 12 even sized pieces and place each one in a dip in the muffin tray.

– Loosely cover with oiled cling-film and leave to rise for 30 minutes.

– Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Centigrade/Gas Mark 7

– Remove the cling-film. Brush the tops with oat milk and sprinkle on the salt.

– Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden and sounding hollow when tapped.

– Cool on a wire rack.


10 thoughts on “Herby Picnic Rolls

  1. Yum! These rolls look delicious! Your kids are so lucky to have you cooking for them. I can’t believe how many delicious recipes you’ve produced whilst avoiding different food allergens! I can actually eat anything (lucky me) but I have a few coeliac, vegan and lactose-intolerant friends (plus a male friend with an egg allergy and another girlfriend with a walnut allergy, argh!) so your blog will definitely be another resource for future dinner parties. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. Definitely trying these rolls!

    • What lovely comments…. Thank you sooo much, you’ve really made my day🙂. I started out just logging what my kids can eat and my recipes – now I’m determined to be able to make nearly everything friendly! I hope you keep reading, it means so much to me🙂 xx

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